Black to run for Congress

Another state Senator announces for 6th District seat, setting up geographic battle among fellow lawmakers

UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: See Black's official press release at Post Politics.

As originally reported:

Sources confirm to NashvillePost.com that state Sen. Diane Black (R-Gallatin) will announce her candidacy for retiring Congressman Bart Gordon’s 6th District seat today during a taped segment on WTVF-NewsChannel 5's 6 p.m. broadcast.

Black, the state Senate’s GOP caucus chair, served three terms as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives before she was elected to the Senate, where she won re-election to her second term last year.

Black’s candidacy will touch off a turf war in Gordon’s diverse district that includes all or part of Robertson, Sumner, Marshall, Bedford, Rutherford, Cannon, DeKalb, Wilson, Smith, Trousdale, Putnam, Macon, Clay, Overton and Jackson counties.

She and fellow state Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) will be fighting somewhat of a north-south territorial battle while campaigning for the endorsements of fellow legislators.

Tracy represents all of Bedford and Moore counties as well as parts of Rutherford County in the southern portion of the district. Black represents most of Sumner County and all of Robertson County in the northern section of the district.

The Republican primary race to succeed Gordon, a 13-term Democrat from Murfreesboro, is suddenly pretty crowded. Aside from Black and Tracy, also running are former Rutherford County GOP chair and tea party activist Lou Ann Zelenik, bike merchant and CPA Kerry Roberts, retired Army veteran Dave Evans and small-business owner Gary Mann.

Gordon announced Monday that he would not be running for re-election to Congress in 2010.